While summer might still be fresh in your mind, rest-assured that winter is coming. With colder weather on the way, it’s time to think about your driveway or parking lot and how you can get them ready for the months ahead.
With a lot to consider and some measures to take now, it’s never too early to start thinking about it. Take a look at our 5 driveway and parking lot winter preparation tips.
1. Clear it up
Debris on your driveway or in your parking lot can make it difficult to clear the snow when it comes, and can also be hazardous in the dark. Taking the time to clear your driveway of anything that shouldn’t be there will give you a clear path for winter.
Once you’ve cleared the debris, you can then set about cleaning your driveway or parking lot. Blowers and jet washers can be great for this, or you can hire a professional cleaner to take care of this for you.
2. Make the necessary repairs
Over time, driveways and parking lots can develop cracks and holes, These can lead to water damage, and will only get worse during the winter months. Get to work on the repairs so you can seal the cracks and help your area survive the colder weather.
3. Seal coat to boost durability
Adding a seal coat can provide some extra security for your driveway and parking lot. The sealant will help take care of any smaller, less visible strength and add to the durability of your asphalt. It will also help your driveway look fresh and new again thanks to the dark color of the sealant. Do this before the colder temperatures and rain set in, or you’ll struggle to get the sealant to set.
4. Stock up on your essentials
It makes good sense to stock up on essentials that will keep your driveway protected throughout the winter. Make sure you have basic tools to hand such as a shovel to clear snow and ice, salt grit and other items that will help you keep your driveway or parking lot clear. Nobody wants to be left stranded during bad weather!
5. Keep it clean
Regular cleaning will ensure your driveway and parking lot stay safe and secure for the winter. Cleaning will also give you the chance to inspect the area regularly, and call in emergency repairs as needed. Keep an eye out for tell-tale signs of a problem such as pooling water, and take action sooner rather than later. Repairing cracks and holes is a simple enough job, but making larger area repairs could set you back financially, as well as prove difficult in the winter.
For asphalt solutions in Northern Michigan, contact us at Global Outdoor Services, and we’ll be happy to help you get your driveway or parking lot ready for winter.